BET's Teams with Robin Thede and Chris Rock For New Late-Night Show

And now she will helm her own show, The Rundown with Robin Thede on BET in the late night slot. The move was officially announced during the network’s upfronts, and was met online with lots of applause from Thede’s fans. In her new role, Thede is starring and co-producing the 24-episode The Rundown with Chris Rock, whom she first met while working as a writer for Rock when he hosted the 2014 BET Awards. This move also marks a change for BET, which is returning to the late-night space by working with Thede on this show. (I’ve attended several BET upfronts over the years, and they are usually well-produced and showcase the network and its upcoming and returning shows quite well.)

April 29, 2017 19:30 UTC

Delta defends pilot smacking brawling female passenger in video

Delta Airlines is defending a pilot who was caught on video smacking a female passenger involved in a brawl with another passenger. TMZ reported Saturday that the 27-second video appears to show the pilot trying to separate two women passengers as they wrestled on the jetway floor. The video shows the pilot grabbing one of them by the arm and hitting her, TMZ reported. A man is also heard yelling, “Knock it off.”TMZ reported that a Delta employee turned over the video to a supervisor right away. TMZ reported that the women appeared to have known each other and had gotten into a “skirmish” on the flight.

April 29, 2017 19:30 UTC

Are Airline CEOs Finally Getting The Message A Big Change Is Needed?

In the past year I’ve written critical articles directed squarely at the CEOs of several major airlines. In fact, in my critique of United Airlines when it launched its new Polaris business class last June, I identified some of the issues its CEO now says enabled the Dr. Dao assault to take place. Google “Delta adds free sandwiches,” and you get several pages of reports trumpeting mesquite turkey wraps and cheese plates. Delta had to endure the images of its customers in snaking lines and sleeping on baggage carts during two operational meltdowns. I suppose once you put a nut in your mouth, you can’t really tell the difference, and perhaps that was his thinking.

April 29, 2017 19:30 UTC

US service member killed near Mosul

(CNN) A US service member died from wounds suffered during the detonation of an explosive device Saturday outside of Mosul, Iraq, according to a statement from the US-led coalition. The service member was not immediately identified. It remains ISIS' most important stronghold in Iraq, but militants are slowly losing their grip on the city. In October 2016, coalition forces launched the battle to retake the strategic city. By January they had liberated eastern Mosul, and on February 19, coalition forces began efforts to clear ISIS militants from the western part of the city.

April 29, 2017 19:18 UTC

Trump to mark 100 days in office with job touting, thank you to Pennsylvania

“Mainstream (FAKE) media refuses to state our long list of achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism!” Trump tweeted Saturday. Mainstream (FAKE) media refuses to state our long list of achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism! His return to Pennsylvania is a thank you, like the one he delivered to Florida voters last month in Tampa. Other accomplishments expected on Trump’s list include approval of the Keystone Pipeline and renegotiating a contract for the U.S. military’s F-35 fighter jet program that is intended to save hundreds of millions of dollars. However, Democrats and other critics argue Trump’s early presidency has sputtered, pointing to his failure to get an ObamaCare overhaul plan or any other major legislation passed in Congress, despite a GOP majority in both chambers.

April 29, 2017 19:12 UTC

Trump's 100 days vs. Democrats' 100 days of resistance: A progress report

It may be a stretch, but not a big one, to say Roosevelt created the welfare state in a hundred days. Hillary’s supporters have Resistance as Catharsis. Trump supporters need not despair at the lack of major legislation so far. The bad news for the resistance is that if the election were held (again) today, Hillary would still lose. Daniel Oliver is Chairman of the Board of the Education and Research Institute and a director Citizens for the Republic.

April 29, 2017 19:07 UTC

Debbie Wasserman Schultz slams Trump's agenda

Wasserman Schultz, the congresswoman for Florida's 23rd District and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she was heartened by the People's Climate March in Washington on Saturday. The march, she said, was part of the "mobilized and organized effort to push back and fight President Trump's really hardline extremist agenda." "You had the Women's March that was millions of people around the country; the March for Science, which was literally tens of thousands and now the march to combat climate change," Wasserman Schultz told Blitzer. The protests, she said, were an indication of how Americans across the country are simply "not going to stand for" Trump's administration. You have millions of women who are fighting him on his plans to take health care away from us, to roll back protections for our equitable treatment," she said.

April 29, 2017 19:07 UTC

GDP Growth Hurt By Inventories And Auto Sales

There will be two more estimates released for the March quarter’s GDP growth rate (which could move it up or down) and there has been a trend that GDP growth tends to pick up in the June and September quarters. While this looks like a small number compared to $16.8 Trillion in annualized GDP it had a large influence on GDP growth. It fell by $19.7 billion to $437.6 billion for the quarter and negatively impacted GDP growth by 47 basis points. When you combine the effects of lower inventories and motor vehicles and parts sales they dropped GDP growth by 140 basis points or 1.4%. GDP growth would have been 2.09% or 2.1%, which at least optically would look a lot better.

April 29, 2017 19:07 UTC

Climate Marchers And Trump White House Troll Each Other As D.C. Swelters

The Climate March comes as the first hundred days of the Trump administration draws to a close on an unseasonably sweltering hot day in Washington D.C. and as unseasonably late and heavy snows fall here in the desert southwest. On the eve of the march on Friday, Trump's Environmental Protection Agency, now headed by long-time foe Scott Pruitt, took down the climate science section of the EPA website. The page now redirects to a message that the page is being updated "to reflect EPA's priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt." The #ClimateMarch in Washington DC is moving through the streets, and it is HUGE. The Trump administration is moving forward with plans to roll back President Obama's Clean Power Plan and more protests planned to protest the new President's policies.

April 29, 2017 18:57 UTC

Republicans are tethered to Trump politically and need to act accordingly

As President Trump passes the 100-day mark of his administration, House Republicans should be starting to worry about next year’s midterm elections. Trump’s troubles aside, House Republicans, themselves, have done little to demonstrate they are ready and able to be a successful governing party. Trump won 230 congressional districts last November, and Clinton won the other 205. Of those 35 districts, Republicans hold 23 seats that went for Clinton, and Democrats hold 12 that went for Trump. But a longer time horizon underscores the convergence of votes for the president and the House district by district.

April 29, 2017 18:57 UTC

EPA scrubs climate change information from website

The Environmental Protection Agency’s website is getting a climate-change makeover. The agency eliminated pages relating to climate science, projections of the future impacts of human-caused climate change, and descriptions of the Obama administration’s signature climate program, the Clean Power Plan. “Our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency,” said spokesman J.P. Freire. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general, led 14 lawsuits against the agency in his former post. Pruitt made waves in March when he said he is not convinced that carbon dioxide from human activity is the main driver of climate change.

April 29, 2017 18:56 UTC

Turkey blocks Wikipedia over what it calls terror 'smear campaign'

Story highlights Ankara says Wikipedia portrays Turkey as coordinating with terrorist groupsTurkish government says access ban will be lifted once Wikipedia meets its demands(CNN) Turkey has blocked access to Wikipedia over linking the nation to terror activity, the government said Saturday, according to state-run Anadolu Agency. Articles and comments on the popular online encyclopedia showed Turkey "in coordination and aligned" with terrorist groups, the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said. "It has become part of an information source which is running a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena," the ministry said. Turkey warned Wikipedia to remove such content, but the nonprofit encyclopedia refused, the government said. Once Wikipedia meets Turkey's demands, the access ban will be lifted, it said.

April 29, 2017 18:45 UTC

AmEx Platinum Vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit Cards

AmEx and ChaseWhen it comes to high-end travel credit cards you’ve got a lot of great options to choose from. The current king of the travel credit card crowd, as found by Wirecutter and ThePointsGuy is the Chase Sapphire Reserve, due to its best-in-category benefits. So if you’re looking for a high-end travel rewards card, is the AmEx Platinum right for you? Here’s how its benefits compare to the Chase Sapphire Reserve. (Also check out US Bank Altitude Reserve Vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve)Annual FeeAmEx: $550Chase SR: $450Travel Credits (per year)AmEx: $200+$200Chase: $300Chase’s $300 credit covers anything travel related, meaning the first $300 you spend on travel gets reimbursed back onto your account, every year.

April 29, 2017 18:45 UTC

China deports US businesswoman accused of spying

An American woman who was arrested while on a business trip in China and later convicted of spying has been deported to the United States. Jeff Gillis says his wife, Phan "Sandy" Phan-Gillis, got on a flight to Los Angeles on Friday evening. The couple planned to stay in LA a few days to visit relatives before returning to their Houston home. It was just Tuesday when Phan-Gillis was sentenced by Chinese authorities to 3 ½ years in prison. She had faced an uncertain fate since March 2015, when she disappeared from her group traveling in southern China.

April 29, 2017 18:45 UTC

Marchers use Trump's 100th day to protest climate policies

People march on April 29 in Washington, D.C., on their way to the White House to protest President Trump's environmental policies. Thousands of people across the U.S. are marking President Trump's hundredth day in office by marching in protest of his environmental policies. In Washington, D.C., large crowds on Saturday were making their way down Pennsylvania Avenue, where they planned to encircle the White House. Participants in the People's Climate March say they're objecting to Trump's rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, among other things. In Augusta, Maine, protesters outside the statehouse said they wanted to draw attention to the damage climate change can cause marginalized communities.

April 29, 2017 18:41 UTC

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